Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
After criticizing his TV wife
Bill Cosby railed against the US media and the university
Bill Cosby’s release from prison causes a lot of horror. Only his TV wife from the “Cosby Show”, Phylicia Rashad, is happy in a tweet for the ex-colleague. The fact that she rowed back shortly afterwards now prompts the 83-year-old to make a bizarre comparison.
New development in the Bill Cosby case: the actor and comedian, who was released early from prison on June 30, 2021, is now attacking Howard University. This emerges from a statement that is available to the US magazine “Deadline”, among others. The college restricted Phylicia Rashad’s freedom of expression, said Cosby.
The actress, who for years played the eponymous star’s wife on the “Bill Cosby Show” and is now dean of Howard University, had previously cheered Cosby’s release in a tweet. “FINALLY !!!! A terrible bug will be fixed. A failure of the judiciary will be corrected,” she wrote on Twitter.
After public criticism of her post rose, Rashad rowed back. She deleted the controversial tweet and released a statement expressing her condolences to victims of sexual abuse: “I support victims of sexual assault who go public with it 100 percent. My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to them to be their truth. “
Despite this limitation, Howard University distanced itself in a statement from her dean. A tweet on the university’s official website said, “Sexual assault survivors will always be our priority. While Dean Rashad agrees in her follow-up tweet that the victims must be listened to and believed, her original tweet lacked sensitivity towards survivors of sexual violence “.
Cosby sees freedom of expression in jeopardy
On July 4th, US Independence Day, Bill Cosby accused the university of violating the principle of freedom of expression. Through spokesman Andrew Wyatt, he said, “Howard University, you must support the freedom of expression (of Ms. Rashad) that is, or at least should be, taught in its prestigious law school.”
In the same statement, Cosby, who is allegedly planning a new tour, accused the US media of having stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021. “And the same rebels are now trying to destroy the constitution of this United States of America on this Independence Day. It is not a formality – it is a violation of our rights and we, the people, stand by Mrs. Phylicia Rashad’s side.”
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison on September 25, 2018 for three sexual abuse charges. On June 30, 2021, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overturned the conviction due to a formal misconduct. In 2005, the then public prosecutor had promised the entertainer not to prosecute him if he testified in a civil trial for compensation in favor of one of his victims. His successor had nevertheless initiated criminal proceedings.